Cara Sutherland, age 95 of Cherryvale, Kansas died Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Cherryvale Nursing & Rehab Center.
Celebration of Life Services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas under the direction of the Potts Chapel.
The family has suggested memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project and contributions may be left at the Potts Chapel in Independence, Kansas.
Cara was born March 17, 1920 in Goodwin, Arkansas to G.W. and Susie (Byrd) Jones. She grew up in Arkansas before moving to California. Cara graduated from High School in California. Cara served in the United States Navy. She also graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in social work. On June 27, 1946 Cara married Forrest C. Sutherland in Dallas, Texas. The couple made their home in Stillwater, OK. They Moved to Cherryvale in 1950 later moving 5 miles North of Cherryvale until 1971 when they moved to Independence, KS.
Cara worked in bookkeeping at Montgomery Ward, she was secretary to the superintendant of schools in Cherryvale and worked for Social Services in Independence. She was a member of the Cherryvale First Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school and served as a Deacon. Cara later attended Crystalbrook Church in Independence, Kansas. She was the first woman to be elected to the Cherryvale School Board.
She was a Happy Hustlers 4-H sewing leader.
Survivors include one daughter Patricia L. Fink and husband Chuck; two sons Sammy G. Sutherland of Manhattan and Kent Sutherland and wife Cindy of Cherryvale, Kansas; five grandchildren Charles Jeffrey Fink/wife Rebecca, Kristen A. Helt/husband Chris, Whitney K. Chism/husband Benjamin, Jessica A.Swain/husband Thurman,Forrest D. Sutherland
and 12 Great Grandchildren: Coyle Fink, Carson Fink, Kain Sewell, Sadie Sewell, Lillias Helt, Autumn Chism, Lauryn Chism, Laney Chism, Dawson Chism, Ivan Connelly, Oscar Adamson, Ruby Swain.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sisters Brewster Jones, Betty Mae Jones, Richard Jones, Joyce Jones, Morris Hones, Elsie Delfonte, Lewis Jones, Gertrude Jones and Clara Christine Worrell (Cara's Twin).